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Myers + Chang

Asian 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Like any enfant terrible, chef Joanna Chang had her dessert first: At bakery and café Flour, she seduced Boston with sticky buns and homemade "Oreos." Her follow-up is this kitschy Asian... — Concierge

This “indie diner” with an open kitchen serves Asian fusion dishes, such as braised short-rib tacos with pear. — Rough Guide

Pink and orange dragon decals cover the windows of this all-day Chinese café, where Joanne Chang (of Flour fame) has returned to her familial cooking roots. — Fodor's

Fun Asian fusion. — Not For Tourists

This South End hangout borrows big flavors from China, Korea, Vietnam and more for non-traditional mashups like Szechuan shrimp and grits and fish tacos with kimchi salsa. — Tasting Table

Neptune Oyster

Seafood 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Opened in 2004, Neptune Oyster is a delightful paradox—at once exemplary and exceptional. — Time Out

The retro interior offers a convivial – if crowded – setting, with an excellent option for solo diners at the marble bar. — Lonely Planet

Here is the great seafood restaurant people are always looking for in Boston. — Boston Globe

Tiny and cramped, Neptune feels like a secret place -- or it would, if it weren't so crowded. — Frommer's

From shrimp cocktail to crudo staples of sockeye salmon, hamachi ceviche and day boat scallops, the menu is synonymous with an eye-poppingly bold, lip-smackingly rich repertoire. — Gayot

Oleana

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Oleana’s chef-owner is the winner of many culinary accolades. — DK Eyewitness

Meze: $4-$14 Main courses: $24-$28 Desserts: $12-$14. — Boston Globe

Ana Sortun’s elegant and Turkish-inspired Oleana serves meals full of flavor with well-balanced spices and fresh ingredients grown at Sortun’s own farm — Where

Chef Ana Sortun's singular brand of Eastern Mediterranean cooking reconciles the cuisines of Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Italy and Armenia. — Gayot

Top-notch Mediterranean. Patio seating in warm weather. — Not For Tourists

Toro

International 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Delectable Barcelona-style tapas at your own pace, start with the house special grilled corn, making sure everyone gets a piece. — Frommer's

Owner Ken Oringer and Executive Chef Jamie Bissonnette take the bull by the horns at this Barcelona-style place for small plates — Where

The name is a bilingual pun of the Spanish for “bull” and the Japanese for bluefin tuna belly sashimi – no surprise, given the chef-owner’s love of Spanish tapas and Japanese sushi. — DK Eyewitness

Ken Oringer's smash take on a tapería is an atmospheric spot. — Time Out

Fun, fresh take on tapas. — Not For Tourists

No. 9 Park

French 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Well-loved Boston landmark with serene green walls and plates busy with southern French and Italian entrees ranging from day boat scallops with rock shrimp. — Rough Guide

No. 9 Park’s refined kitchen offers a menu of classic country fare from southern France and Italy, but Lynch really shines in her signature dishes. Chef’s tasting menu available. — Where

Sports stars, state politicians, and hard-charging business people frequent this upscale room near the State House for bold American bistro food. — DK Eyewitness

The French/Italian-based cuisine? Rarely less than luscious, for all its elegance—especially the finely wrought pastas. — Time Out

The stellar cuisine at Chef Barbara Lynch's first restaurant continues to draw plenty of well-deserved attention from its place in the shadow of the State House's golden dome. — Fodor's

O Ya

Japanese 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bite for bite, this self-styled Japanese tavern is arguably serving the most expensive food in the city. — Time Out

When chef Tim Cushman and his wife, Nancy, opened this Japanese restaurant in 2008 it got a little bit of fanfare. — BlackBook

Dining critics from the New York Times, Bon Appetit, and Food & Wine have all named this tiny, improvisational sushi spot among the best in the country. — Fodor's

Located in a century-old fire station, Tim Cushman’s upscale O Ya is Boston’s coolest place for modern Japanese cuisine — Where

Amazing sushi that is not easy on the wallet. — Not For Tourists

Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burgers

Burgers 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Futuristic test kitchen for Legal Seafoods. — BlackBook

Since 1960, this Harvard Square institution has been a favorite of students, professors and anyone looking for a tasty bite — Where

A Harvard landmark since 1960, this no-frills burger joint isn’t glamorous but has been widely touted as the best burgers in the country. — Travel + Leisure

Burger buffs "can't leave Harvard Square" without "squeezing in" "elbow-to-elbow" at this "charm"-heavy "landmark" for "amazing", "sloppy" patties. — Zagat

Great burgers and incomparable onion rings make Bartley's a perennial favorite with a cross-section of Cambridge. — Frommer's

L'Espalier

French 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The dishes are made up of seasonal, French-influenced, traditional New England recipes like butter-poached Maine lobster with braised pork belly and corn off the cob. — Forbes Travel Guide

Having moved from its storied, romantic townhouse, this Back Bay bastion of New England-French high cuisine now serves in modern digs adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental hotel. — Boston Globe

A ravishing French restaurant now happily situated in its new location adjacent to the Mandarin Oriental. — Rough Guide

Known for serving haute French-New England cuisine since 1978, the arrival of Chef Frank McClelland in 1988 has brought L’Espalier unrivaled accolades. — Travel + Leisure

One of Boston's best. If you want the experience and have the cash , spend it here. — Not For Tourists

Craigie on Main

French 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An "informed, passionate" staff works the "bustling" scene, and while "it'll cost you dearly", it's worth all your "bank account will permit". — Zagat

This soulful, white-cloth restaurant is the project of chef-owner Tony Maws, one of Boston's landmark chefs. — Fodor's

French foodies absolutely adore Tony Maws’ rustic fare and intimate atmosphere at Craigie. — Lonely Planet

Expensive and slow but wonderful French-American bistro on Main St. — Not For Tourists

Chef Tony Maws’ much talked about eatery features sustainable, organic and locally farmed ingredients cooked with French technique — Where

Union Oyster House

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stick with the historic wooden raw bar, where affable shuckers will ply you with Blue Points and cherrystones—best paired, of course, with a pint or two. — Time Out

Billed as the nation's oldest continuously operating eatery, this 1826 Faneuil Hall "culinary museum" is a "must-go" for "out-of-towners" seeking "legit" "chowda". — Zagat

Simple seafood dishes (grilled, broiled or fried) like sea scallops, filet of sole or Boston scrod that should be paired up with a side of Boston baked beans. — Gayot

If ever there were a place for Yankee hunkering, this is it. Do yours with a bowl of New England clam chowder, or an icy platter of their namesakes, freshly shucked. — Condé Nast Traveler

The oldest restaurant in Boston, ye olde Union Oyster House has been serving seafood in this historic red-brick building since 1826. — Lonely Planet

Island Creek Oyster Bar

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This chic seafood shack is set up curbside at Kenmore Square, and their eponymous bivalve is this raw bar’s specialty. — Travel + Leisure

If you're not a fan of oysters, don't let the name of this Hotel Commonwealth restaurant fool you—there's a lot more going on with a menu that's printed fresh daily. — Fodor's

Boston has gone nutty for oysters, and among the many local favorites are the ones harvested by Island Creek Oysters in the South Shore seaside town of Duxbury. — Concierge

Island Creek oysters are to local raw-bar crawlers what a pint of Guinness is to a thirsty Irishman: the go-to choice that is eminently satisfying. — Time Out

Seafood lovers should stop in at this lively spot for a meal — Where

Sweet Cheeks Q

Barbecue 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Tiffani Faison’s comfortable, casual barbecue restaurant might just be the best place for Southern cooking in Boston — Where

"Former Top Chef contestant–turned–BBQer extraordinaire" Tiffani Faison dishes out "scrumptious", "smoky" meats and "tempting" sides. — Zagat

Ribs with meat that falls off the bone, tender brisket and short ribs are turned out via a 4,700-pound smoker. — Gayot

The stars at Sweet Cheeks are head chef Tiffani Faison, daughter of the South, and “Tootsie,” the two-ton-plus smoker that makes the BBQ smoke so fine. — Travel + Leisure

Red Sox fans, foodies, and Fenway residents flock to this meat lover's mecca, where Texas-style BBQ is the name of the game. — Fodor's

Redbones Barbecue

Barbecue 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Expect sensory overload at this popular barbecue joint. — Time Out

Don't dig on swine? Then come spin the beer wheel. — Not For Tourists

Regulars still flock to Redbones for its versatile and authentic menu of slow-cooked specialties. — Gayot

Somerville classic renowned for southern style bbq and beer selection. Clientele seems to love three things: ribs, beer and their bicycles, always stacked out front. — BlackBook

Even as Boston’s smokehouse scene grows, this Davis Square joint still offers some of “the best barbecue this side of the Mississippi”. — Zagat

Henrietta's Table

Vegan and Vegetarian 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When you’re in the mood to splurge on brunch, Henrietta’s Table is the place to do it. — Time Out

Chef Peter Davis ensures that this place is one of the city’s best farm-to-table restaurants — Where

"Flavorful, elegantly presented" New England–style "farm-to-fork" fare beckons at this "delightful" "staple" where "attentive" staffers patrol a "convivial" "country"-chic space. — Zagat

In a spacious setting with a Crate & Barrel-meets-New England farmhouse feel, Henrietta's Table transcends its hotel-restaurant reputation. — Gayot

One of the few restaurants in Cambridge serving classic New England fare. — Rough Guide

Menton

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Barbara Lynch's French-inflected fine dining destination. — Not For Tourists

Plush details—from French linens to Austrian crystal—and attentive service will make you feel utterly pampered. — Time Out

Owner-chef Barbara Lynch, one of the most respected culinary figures in the city, has made Menton a hot, if expensive, dining destination. — Gayot

Barbara Lynch's latest Italian-meets-French eatery, named for a French town near Italy's border, has two luxurious, prix-fixe menus. — Fodor's

Capitalizing on previous successes running the gamut from a causal oyster eatery to a cocktail bar, Lynch returns to the fine-dining roots she perfected at No. 9 Park with Menton. — Forbes Travel Guide

B & G Oysters

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Barbara Lynch delivers fabulous bivalves" at this "hip" South End "classic", but her "lobsta rolls" and other "classy" seafood picks are "fantastic" too. — Zagat

'Bivalves', reads a hand-shaped sign on the gate, pointing you towards Barbara Lynch's diminutive, understated oyster bar. — Time Out

Designed to imitate the inside of an oyster shell, the iridescent bar glows with silvery, candlelighted tiles and a sophisticated crowd. — Fodor's

Great on any evening of the week, Barbara Lynch’s low-key but modern neighborhood oyster bar is casual yet elegant and seats about 40 people around its centrally located kitchen and raw bar — Where

B&G is an upscale modern oyster bar with a casual neighborhood vibe by local restauranteur Chef Barbara Lynch. — On the Grid

Ten Tables

French 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The menu is mind-expanding—a fusion of cuisines that ranges from pastas and house-made sausages to Portuguese fish stew to chorizo-stuffed Giannone chicken. — Concierge

"Small but mighty" is the motto of this "delightful" pair in Harvard Square and Jamaica Plain, where the "fabulous" seasonal European–New American menu "isn't large". — Zagat

Owner Krista Kranyak and crew graft a bit of Gallic sophistication onto ingredients both homemade and locally sourced, then nudge them into wonderfully eclectic forms. — Gayot

On any given night, the lucky few who score reservations at this diminutive bistro have front-row seats for the show put on by the crew in the open kitchen. — Time Out

Located in Jamaica Plain, Ten Tables sources its ingredients from local purveyors and builds its modern American cuisine around seasonal produce. — Travel + Leisure

Row 34

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Row 34 embraces Fort Point's industrial aesthetic and slightly lower price point with a raw bar and straightforward seafood. There's also a big selection of local beers, on draft or by the bottle. — Tasting Table

Seafood is the name of the game with local oysters, shrimp cocktail, tuna crudo, shrimp sliders, smoked trout and mussels in white wine. — Gayot

Made a big splash in the Sea Port area reeling customers in with its homage to all things seafood, served raw, cured, smoked, cooked, and as ceviche. — Fodor's

Eat Boston’s best oysters straight from the source. — Bon Appétit

Though not quite the workingman’s oyster bar it claims to be, he always-packed restaurant is more than worth the splurge. — Time Out

Eastern Standard

Seafood 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perfect renditions of classic whiskey smashes and beloved originals like The Lonsdale (infused honey-apple bourbon, housemade rose vermouth and amaro). — Tasting Table

At the Hotel Commonwealth with lip-smackingly good drinks. — Not For Tourists

Proprietor Garrett Harker’s open dining room is loud, but that’s only fitting for this convivial atmosphere — Where

Though Eastern Standard is located in the Hotel Commonwealth, you'd never mistake this place for some average hotel restaurant. — Gayot

Just beyond the T Station in Kenmore Square sits Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, an American brasserie that specializes in expertly crafted cocktails. — Travel + Leisure

Alden & Harlow

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Enjoy pickled green beans sprinkled with sesame seeds while perusing a menu of shareable small plates, like Verrill Farm asparagus, Pat Woodbury’s clams, and crispy Berkshire pork belly. — Travel + Leisure

Duck into this subterranean hideaway and discover a bustling multi-room dining and drinking destination that balances a rustic laid-back vibe with an industrial edge. — Time Out

Michael Scelfo’s homey American food tastes as good as it looks — Where

Proud to serve "no foam," this boisterous restaurant with a 30-seat bar and industrial-chic design specializes in rustic, seasonal snacks and small plates loaded with umami-rich flavor — Fodor's

Enjoy well-priced curiosities like chicken-fried rabbit, blood pudding and his top-secret burger. — Tasting Table

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